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The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland.

Stephen, Audrey I.; Macduff, Colin; Petrie, Dennis J.; Tseng, Fu-Min; Schut, Henk; Skår, Silje; Corden, Anne; Birrell, John; Wang, Shaolin; Newsom, Cate; Wilson, Stewart


Audrey I. Stephen

Colin Macduff

Dennis J. Petrie

Fu-Min Tseng

Henk Schut

Silje Skår

Anne Corden

John Birrell

Shaolin Wang

Cate Newsom

Stewart Wilson


Aspects of the socioeconomic costs of bereavement in Scotland were estimated using 3 sets of data. Spousal bereavement was associated with increased mortality and longer hospital stays, with additional annual cost of around {pound}20 million. Cost of bereavement coded consultations in primary care was estimated at around {pound}2.0 million annually. In addition, bereaved people were significantly less likely to be employed in the year of and 2 years after bereavement than non-bereaved matched controls, but there were no significant differences in income between bereaved people and matched controls before and after bereavement.


STEPHEN, A.I., MACDUFF, C., PETRIE, D.J., TSENG, F.-M., SCHUT, H., SKAR, S., CORDEN, A., BIRRELL, J., WANG, S., NEWSOM, C. and WILSON, S. 2015. The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland. Death studies [online], 39(3), pages 151-157. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2015
Publication Date Mar 31, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 19, 2017
Journal Death studies
Print ISSN 0748-1187
Electronic ISSN 1091-7683
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 151-157
Keywords Socio-economic costs; Bereavement; Health; Income; Employment
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